Salmon fishing shut down for southern Oregon coast

The Chinook salmon population is made up of younger age one and two-year-old fish that should be four to 12 pounds this year. There is still some age three and four Chinook salmon out there that should tip the scales at 20 to 30 pounds.

MEDFORD, Ore. — There will be no salmon fishing at the southern Oregon coast this year, state officials said.

The Pacific Fishery and Management Council made the decision to shut down chinook and coho salmon fishing for sport and commercial fishers, the Mail Tribune reported.

The action is due to a crash in chinook headed for northern California’s Klamath River.

There is a low forecast for returning 4-year-old chinook to the Klamath River since estimates were first made in 1985, the PFMC said. The fish have faced many challenges such as low food supply, predators and an inland drought, according to the council.

PFMC reports state that the drought heightened the warm water parasite load on Klamath smolts already stressed by low and warm stream flows.

The PFMC had released three draft seasons last month that listed no chinook fishing for either sport anglers or commercial fleets.

The council said it may issue another closure in 2018 as it expects chinook problems to continue.

In 2008, the council issued a similar closure because of a decline in the maturing adult fish headed to the Sacramento River.

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